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The Cisco UCS Director Foundation (UCSDF) version 5.0 course is a 5-day Instructor-led hands-on training course. This training course will enable Cisco end customers and authorized Cisco System Engineers (SEs) to understand the concepts, architecture, and use cases that are related to the Cisco UCS Director Deployment. This course will also prepare learners to implement basic Cisco UCS Director Deployment solutions. The focus is to ensure that students can implement the core features of Cisco UCS Director that most implementations require. Students should already be familiar with basic Data Center Concepts.

Who should attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • UCS and FlexPod SEs

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • SEs who work in data center solutions and manage data center management policies

Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Understand Data Center Challenges and the need of Unified Data Center Solution using Cisco UCS Director
  • Install, configure and manage Cisco UCS Director 5.1
  • Configure Virtual Data Centers, Policies, Catalogs and Cost Models
  • Create and Monitor Service Requests for Provisioning
  • Define Workflows using Orchestration
  • Administer the software effectively
  • Customize the features for building proof of concepts

Topics Covered

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1: UCS Director Overview

  • UCS Director Overview

Module 2: UCS Director Installation & Configuration

  • Cisco UCS Director Installation
  • Cisco UCS Director Configuration
  • Virtual and Physical Account Management

Module 3: Self-service Portal

  • Overview of Self-service Portal
  • Managing Users, Roles and Groups
  • Managing VDCs, Tenants and Policies
  • Managing Catalogs & Templates
  • Managing Self-Service Provisioning
  • Configuring Chargeback
  • Reviewing Reports
  • Implementing Customer Onboarding with Secure Multi Tenancy

Module 4: Orchestration

  • Orchestration

Module 5: Virtualization Management

  • Overview of Virtualization
  • Hosts, Clusters and DRS Configuration
  • Datastore Clusters and DRS Configuration
  • VMWare – Virtual Networking
  • Host Profiles
  • VM Provisioning (using ISO images), Template Management, VM Console
  • Administration of VMs
  • SRM Integration
  • VM-FEX
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Integration Overview
  • Adding SCVMM Account and Discovery
  • SCVMM Virtual Compute Management
  • SCVMM Virtual Storage Management
  • SCVMM Virtual Networking Management
  • Policies, VDCs and Catalogs
  • Self Service Provisioning

Module 6: Compute Management

  • Theory of Operation, Benefits and Value Proposition
  • Managing Cisco UCS Infrastructure using UCS Director
  • Cisco UCS Director Bare metal Agent
  • Compute Policies in UCS Director
  • Monitoring and Reports in UCS Director

Module 7: Storage Management

  • Theory of Operation with NetApp and UCS Director
  • Supported NetApp Device with UCS Director
  • NetApp Day Zero Configuration
  • Adding NetApp Accounts to UCS Director
  • Monitoring and Managing Cluster Mode NetApp Storage Devices with UCS Director
  • Orchestration with NetApp
  • NetApp / UCS Director integration Use Cases

Module 8: Network Management

  • Theory of Operation, Benefits and Value Proposition
  • Managing Cisco Nexus and other network Infrastructure using UCS Director
  • Network Policies in UCS Director
  • Monitoring and Reports in UCS Director
  • Integrations


  • Use UCS Director as an End User
  • Cisco UCS Director Guided Setup
  • Cisco UCS Director Customization
  • Add Virtual and Physical Accounts
  • Create Policies, VDCs, and Catalogs
  • Self Service Portal and VM Provisioning
  • Chargeback and Reports
  • Orchestration
  • Provision VM Using ISO
  • VM Administration
  • SCVMM Integration
  • VM Provisioning on SCVMM
  • Install and configure Cisco UCS Director Bare-Metal Agent
  • Adding UCS Director BMA to UCS Director using GUI
  • Configuring UCS Manager using UCS Director
  • Adding UCS Director Physical Compute Policies
  • Configuring UCS Service Profiles using UCS Director
  • Adding UCS Director Physical Network Policies
  • Monitoring and Managing Network Elements in UCS Director
  • Creating Workflows for Network provisioning
  • UCS Director Storage Management and Monitoring


The knowledge and skills that you must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • General knowledge of cloud and datacenter virtualization
  • Knowledge of Cisco UCS, NetApp Storage, Nexus, and VMware vCenter
  • Knowledge of datacenter processes and best practices

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